CASS SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING November, 5, 2020

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CASS SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

November, 5, 2020

IT IS THE MISSION of the Cass Soil and Water Conservation District to provide leadership and technical assistance to landowners and cooperating agencies in the wise use, conservation, and

management of Cass County’s natural resources.

Meeting was called to order by David Peterson at 10:00 AM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attendee Name Title Status Arrived

Kenneth LaPorte Remote 9:50 AM

Williard Pehling Remote 9:50 AM

James Ballenthin Remote 9:50 AM

David Peterson Remote 9:50 AM

Tom Kuschel Remote 9:50 AM

Others Present:

John Ringle - SWCD/ESD, Levy Bergstrom - SWCDE/ESD and Brenda Davis - SWCD/ESD. Others Present Remotely:

Candi Full, Brian Steffan - NRCS and Chris Pence - BWSR (late). Approval of the Regular Meeting Agenda with additions.

John would like to discuss the Pickeral Lake water sampling. Brenda has three cost share application to add.

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Kenneth LaPorte

SECONDER: James Ballenthin

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Approval of the Consent Agenda, October Bank Statement and the SWCD Meeting Minutes of 10/01/2020 with corrections.

Minor correction including spelling and punctuation were noted by some of the supervisors.

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: James Ballenthin

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

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John distributed the Press Release just as an FYI. However the polls show that Jim, Ken and Dave have all been re-elected!!! Congratulations to you all!

John had emailed the supervisors information regarding a radio advertising campaign that Beltrami County/SWCD has begun to use. Kelly even prepared a advertisement for the SWCD. Jim was a little concerned that the southern part of Cass County would not get enough radio coverage if we used the stations that Beltrami does. Ken thought that we should start with just one radio station to start with. Kelly will put together some more information for us to review next month.

Results from Pickeral Lake were pretty much as we expected. The cost was very minimal. Reveiw and approve the modifications to the Leech Lake River Comprehensive Plan The Policy Committee of the Leech Lake River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan met on October 9th via telephone conference. Staff, Supervisors and Commissioners of both counties realized that no funding had been set aside for shoreline stabilization. The committee suggested moving $50,000.00 from Technical Services and $10,000.00 from Projects to establish a new line item for Shoreline/Buffer work to be done in priority watersheds.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Tom Kuschel

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Candi Fuller NRCS Report:

NRCS is getting ready to make CSP payments. They are due out October 6 - November 6. The office is starting to look at 2016 renewals. There are 3 high priority applications in Crow Wing County and 4 total in Candi's area. New EQIP applications are coming in. Abbie has been entering them into the system. Ranking is March 5th, approval is April 9th and obligation is July 2.

Candi would like to conduct the annual Civil Rights and MOU's in January if that works for everyone.

The NRCS offices are still under Phase I of COVID regulations until further notice. NRCS Report

Chris Pence BWSR Report:

Not a lot to report. BWSR is still under a WORK FROM HOME order until further notice. John has requested to extend the 2019 BWSR SSTS Upgrade grant and may extend the Local Capacity 2018 grant.

Levy Bergstrom Report:

Levy informed the supervisors that over 14,000 inspection hours had been logged in 2020. That is 4,000 more than in 2019. Levy announced the hiring of the new Cass County AIS Technician. Her name is Jenny Blue. She did AIS Inspections under Rima and is currently employed with HHVS. Her start date is November 16th. John commended Levy for a job well done as AIS Technician, especially this past year!

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Brenda Davis Report:

The 2018 Audit came back without any issues. All information that was requested by Peterson Company LTD was provided in a timely manner. Brenda will be required to make a couple General Journal Entries but other than that it looks good.

Participating SWCD's provided cash or in kind contributions for the North Region Forester position that was housed at Aitkin SWCD. These funds were put into a Forestry Account. After meeting match requirements and closing out the grant, the Aitkin SWCD decided to return the unspent funds equally to the participating SWCD's. Cass SWCD got $814.89 back.

Supervisor Reports:

All the supervisors reviewed the 2020 Resolutions as submitted. Chairman David Peterson read through the Resolution Title and each supervisors cast a vote by stating approve or disapprove. Brenda cast a check mark in the coordinating supervisors number on the ballot sheet. She will email the 2020 Resolution Ballot to Sheila Vanney at MASWCD yet today.

Dave attended the 2nd MN Woodland Association meeting via ZOOM. Ash Borer weevils are becoming a real problem in MN. Tom participated in the 1W1P Leech Lake policy meeting.

Cost Share Applications (if any):

Brian Steffan from NRCS was on hand to answer any questions related to the Martha Harder, Doug Malark or Jonathan Johnson cost share applications. Candi stated that NRCS would help with or complete the final inspections of these three projects if approved.

M/S Thomas Kuschel/Willard Pehling to Approve and Pay Alan Killian (Hubbard) PFM plan in the amount of $563.51. Motion carried.

M/S Kenneth LaPorte/James Ballenthin to Approve Thomas & Janet Craig PFM plan in the amount of $739.75 Motion carried.

M/S Willard Pehling/Kenneth LaPorte to Approve John Craig PFM plan in the amount of $345.00.

Approve and Pay Gary & Sue Meyer CS258-20 Shoreline Stabilization plan in the amount of $13,425.00.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: James Ballenthin

SECONDER: Tom Kuschel

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Approve and Pay Tom Peterson CS264-20 PFM plan in the amount of $657.00.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Kenneth LaPorte

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel Approve Jean Whitney CS270-20 PFM plan in the amount of $307.50.

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RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Williard Pehling

SECONDER: Tom Kuschel

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Approve Mardi Harder CS270-20 Roof Runoff System at $50% of the estimate or a maximum of $3,410.00. The project shall comply with NRCS sepcifications, design and inpsections.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Kenneth LaPorte, Tom Kuschel

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Approve Doug Malark CS271-20 Waste Facility Closure at 20% of the estimate or a maximum of $6,815.60. The project shall comply with NRCS specifications, design and inspections.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Tom Kuschel

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Approve Jonathan Johnson CS272-20 Wste Facility Closure at 20% of the estimate or a maximum of $9,067.19. The project shall comply with NRCS specifications, design and inspections.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Tom Kuschel

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Administrative Actions:

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RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Tom Kuschel

SECONDER: Williard Pehling

AYES: LaPorte, Pehling, Ballenthin, Peterson, Kuschel

Adjourn:

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